Friday, February 7, 2014

Abigail Adesuwa is 2!

February 7, 2012 our lives were changed forever when Abigail Adesuwa Mauritz came into this world after 15 hours of labor and 4 long, hard and exhausting hours of pushing. She was worth every bit of it!

Love at first sight

She's 50% mama's girlie girl and 50% daddy's tomboy. Here her girlie side meets big bows and tutus!


The joy of a first time mom. I savored every moment of my maternity leave with my sweet baby girl.

 February 7, 2013 our princess turned 1! We had a first birthday photo shoot in our home in Durham by Red Bridge Photography and celebrated by having dinner and games at the local Chuck E Cheese with just the three of us. The next week we flew to Houston, Texas where Abby had not one but two big birthday bashes. One party was at the Little Gym of Katy with all my mommy friends and their little ones and the other party was at Grandma and Grandpa Ohen's house where Abby was showered with love by all her "hometown"  friends, family and well wishers!

The first of many frilly birthday tutus. I was born to be a girl mama!

Have you ever seen such beauty?!?!

I miss her chunky baby rolls. She looked so darling in her lavender petti romper and pearls.
My how time flies because today Abigail Adesuwa is 2 years old! I've been so emotional all week reflecting on these past two years as a family of three. She has truly brought so much joy to our lives. Lately our house has been filled with much laughter thanks to all of Abigail's funny toddler antics. I don't think Jonathon and I have ever laughed so much in our lives! Yesterday we went to JCPenney to have her two year old portraits done and then tomorrow Abigail and her twinie Mr. IEK will have a joint cowgirl/cowboy birthday party at The Little Gym with all their friends from preschool and church.

The cutest little cowgirl ever trying on her birthday party outfit complete with a pink and brown tutu!

I love this precious girl with every fiber of my being. 

I plan on getting this pose every year! I got one from last year at JCP with "1" and this year I followed up with "2"! The photographer was not happy with me when I used my cell phone to take this pic. Ooops!
I started blogging when I got engaged to Jonathon back in 2009 and this blog has documented my engagement, my wedding, my life as a newlywed, my pregnancy and my life as a first time mom. It is near and dear to my heart, but at this point in my life I am being pulled in so many directions. In addition to the commitments I've mentioned in previous posts (studying for boards, going to the gym, preparing lectures and presentations) I recently decided to become active in my sorority again and join the graduate Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter of Durham as well as get more involved with a mother's group called Triangle Mommies. With all that I have on my plate, something has got to give....After much thought and deliberation I have decided to take a break from blogging and focus on my family, my faith, my career and building a good life here in Durham. I think once the dust has settled later this year I may get back into blogging because I do love documenting the daily life of my precious little family, but for now I bid the blog world adieu.

*I will still be contacting the 5 winners of the Hello Food Nigeria give away once I receive the vouchers from the company!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day 2014!

Since moving to Durham in 2011 I have been hoping for a snow day! Growing up in Texas there was no snow so imagine my disappointment when I moved to Durham and learned that it only snows once in a blue moon. I've been wanting to make a snow man and a snow angel for a long time and mother nature finally cooperated with me today!

I woke up this morning and looked out my window to see a beautiful winter wonderland! Little did I know that getting out my driveway would be a nightmare. Our driveway slopes up away from our house and unlike my neighbors I didn't think ahead and park on the street the night before the snow fall. My car was covered in snow and it took me a good 20 minutes to scrape all the snow away. Then when I tried to get out of the driveway the wheels spun around but the car went nowhere.... What's a Texas girl to do? I woke up my Iowa born and bred husband. He came out and shoveled the driveway, but the car still didn't go up the slope. I was panicking at that time so I called my attending for the day to let her know that I was running late since by that time I should have already had my operating room set up. Hubby went to the backyard and got a bucket of sand to sprinkle on the driveway. I use to tease him about having random piles of sand, dirt and rocks in our backyard, but his random sand came in handy this morning! The traction from the sand helped the car drive right up the slope and onto the street! I was super late to work, but better late than never!!

Laying down sand on our driveway
Abby wants to be just like her daddy so she was helping to put sand down too!
After I woke Jonathon and Abby up. I threw some winter clothes onto Abby while Jonathon was stumbling around the bedroom waking up (he is NOT a morning person). I took Abster to the front door to get her first glimpse of snow. She was not having it. She took one look at the front yard covered in the weird white stuff and started crying. It took a little convincing but she eventually warmed up to the idea of snow. Benjamin, her uncle, godfather and awesome nanny spent the better part of the afternoon playing out in the snow with her. Abby had a blast! Now that Abby and I have experienced our first snow it can go away. Driving in it is not fun!

My little model!
Determined to go down the slide
Our water and sand table is now a snow table
I love this pic so much I made it my new facebook banner :)
The princess of our little cul de sac

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hello Food Nigeria

Sorry for the delay in posting about the Hello Food Nigeria give away. My life is so busy right now. Anyway Hello Food is an online food delivery website that has branches all over the world. They do food delivery from many different restaurants in several Nigeria cities. Their website says they are "working hard around the clock to make Hellofood the most powerful online tool for food delivery and thus offer you the best online food ordering experience. At Hellofood, we truly believe that ordering food should be easy, fast, reliable and definitely fun! We wanted something simpler, so we made it"


I have some vouchers from hellofood.ng and would love to do a give away. I am so excited about all the companies that are starting to do business in Nigeria! Even my own baby brother has started a juice factory and bottled pure water company in Nigeria named "Mena" after my mom. My beloved birth county has so much potential!

The first five readers to leave a comment with their email address (if you prefer not to leave your email address leave a comment and email me at mauritzfamily@gmail.com so I have your contact info!) will get a 1000 Naira voucher to use on www.hellofood.com.ng! After you have used the voucher please shoot me an email at mauritzfamily@gmail.com letting me know about your experience!

And because no post is complete without pictures of my precious daughter here are some iphone photos and a video from this past week chronicling her love affair with her pet cat!
Taking her kitty and bear out for a stroll around the house

Fur babies in the stroller

Peanut Butter leaped out after this photo and of course Abby chased him down!

Her furry friend is always there for her to lean on!

All I can say is "Poor Peanut Butter" This cat really has a golden temperment to put up with all Abby's toddler shenanigans!

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Year, New Me

This New Year has been so extremely busy for me! Thankfully I have decent time management skills so I have been able to get things done, although I have been whining a lot more lately to hubby about how stressed I am about everything. Between my family, church, residency, studying for my boards that are coming up in July, preparing presentations for various lectures and meetings, and going to the gym I have little time for anything else.

Despite my crazy, hectic schedule I have been pretty good about eating well and going to the gym. Since January 1 I have lost 7 pounds!!! I actually feel lighter and healthier although when I look in the mirror it doesn't look like I have lost even once ounce :( Hopefully my outer appearance will catch up to my inner appearance soon. I'm not discouraged though because the scale doesn't lie! Thank you all so much for your encouragement and suggestions for my weight loss journey. It means a lot to me!

A random perk of my new found "love" of the gym is that Abigail can count to 10! When I get home from work I change into my work out clothes and then Abby and I sit down on the living room floor to stretch our muscles. We stretch each group of muscles as we count to 10 and it's amazing how fast she caught on. She loves to stretch and count. Makes my mommy heart happy to know that I am instilling in her a love of physical activity as well as some basic math skills.

And now for a photo dump of pics I have taken on my lovely new phone over the past 2 weeks:

Playtime at the park
Maybe one day I'll teach her how to eat like a lady...


She sure does love her umbrella!
 


Playing around after church
 

Play date at Chick-fil-a
 

Such an angelic face!
Also I will be hosting my first ever give away! I was contacted by Hellofood.com.ng an online food order and delivery service about helping to promote their business. They have offered 5 vouchers to my readers. How awesome is that. Stay tuned for more info later on this weekend about the give away!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

30 by 30

The day I got married I weighed in at about 125 pounds. Now? I am embarrased to say I weigh in at a whopping 167.2 pounds... I am very uncomfortable with my current weight both physically and mentally. Though I have been doing a lot of talking about loosing the weight ever since I had Abigail I haven't really put my words into action. That is until now. I got a discounted membership to the Durham YMCAs a few days ago through the Duke Live for Life program for employees. A huge bonus is that there is a Y super close to my house that includes childcare for Abigail while I use their facilities!

Since my old work out clothes were too small I bought some new work out clothes and ordered some new running shoes. I found my old i-pod, pink pearl, and miracle of miracles it still works after 3.5 years of not being used or charged. Apple makes good products! During my first work out I was on the elliptical listening to my old work out mixes and surprised myself with some of the super hood songs I use to listen too. lol. I kept wanting to do the dougie and other dances as I exercised. I use to be cool! Then I noticed that everyone else was using their smartphones to stream music. Guess I need to get with the program and figure out how to get music on my iphone. Is there a way to transfer the music from my i-pod to the i-phone? Until then I will proudly use my now ancient pink pearl to get me in work out beast mode!

In addition to working out I am also revamping our eating habits around the Mauritz household. Weekly meal planning and meal prep as well as buying less processed foods and more fresh meats/produce are my goals. Any eating/exercising tips would be greatly appreciated. It's going to be a slow and steady overhaul. After all Rome wasn't built in a day. I'm hoping to loose about 1-2 pounds a week. My ultimate goal is to loose 30 pounds by my 30th birthday this summer. I know I can do it. I just need to stay motivated and hold myself accountable. I've publicly stated my goals and I hate failure so I must achieve my goal! Operation 30 by 30 has begun!!

And because no post is complete without a picture, here are two photos I snapped of Abby and her cousin while we were in Houston a few weeks ago:
Abigail and Chinenye. Cousins and Best Friends

Born only 7 months apart. I pray these two cousins grow up to be closer than sisters!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Abby's Christmas in Pictures



Abby arriving at the Duke Chapel in her red pea coat with angel wings and golden halo
The Abigail's journeying to Bethlehem hand in hand at the annual Children's Christmas Eve Service at Duke Chapel
These girls love each other so much. The didn't want to stop holding hands or hugging. #namesakes!
Getting ready for the candlelight service at church. Abby had been looking forward to seeing her buddy Gabriel all day!
The Children of our Church. Doesn't Abby look sweet in her dress from Grandma Ohen!?!

Checking out her stocking after Christmas Eve Service. 
2012 Throwback
She wasn't too into reading her book from Grandpa Mauritz this year...
2012 throwback #2
Her first bike!

She is her father's daughter. Abby knew exactly what to do with all her toddler power tools. Her daddy was so proud!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

I got an iPhone 5s for Christmas and tossed out my very old flip phone. I have now joined my peers in the 21st century! Lol . Hello Instagram and all the other addicting apps. You can follow me at wifeymommymd. I am posting this with a blogger app. Not sure if I like it better than using my PC... Anyway just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Rejoice! Christ was born, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!